Resurrection Day

Resurrection Day

by Brendan DuBois

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"Everyone remembers exactly what they were doing the day President Kennedy tried to kill them."

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In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of the nuclear war. The crisis was averted, but what would have happened if war had broken out? In "Resurrection Day," award-winning author Brendan DuBois brings this horrific concept to life...

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New York Times bestselling author Lee Child: "'Resurrection Day' is the best 'what if' novel in years --- more clever and resonant than Robert Harris's 'Fatherland' --- and all the more scary because disaster was minutes away from happening for real. A book you'll read three times and keep on your shelves forever."

New York Times bestselling author William Martin: "What if the Russians had not blinked in October 1962? Brendan DuBois gives us the answer in this smart, suspenseful thriller, a frighteningly believable piece of alternative history. You'll be shocked on every page by a world so familiar in its details that the terrible changes seem commonplace. Brendan DuBois is a fine writer, at the top of his game."

Edgar-award winning author S.J. Rozan: "A convincing and terrifying look at an alternative history that could easily have been ours. DuBois's careful research and dark imagination weave together a story that you won't be able to put down --- and that you will be grateful is only fiction."

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Winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History Novel of the Year.

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With new Author's Afterward for the Nook Edition.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013678941
Publisher: Brendan DuBois
Publication date: 01/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 100,141
File size: 425 KB

About the Author

Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of twelve novels and more than 100 short stories. This is the first Nook publication of "Resurrection Day," which was previously published by Putnam.

His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous other magazines and anthologies including “The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century,” published in 2000 by Houghton-Mifflin. Another one of his short stories appeared in in "The Year's Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005) edited by Gardner Dozois

His short stories have twice won him the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and have also earned him three Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. Visit his website at

"Resurrection Day" was previously released in print form by Putnam in 1999.

Cover art for this Kindle edition by Jeroen ten Berge. Visit his website at

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Resurrection Day 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
miketheriley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast paced thriller which I have now read twice. A great mood was created and the stoic cental character was perfect for the role. It would make a good movie. Somehing between Fatherland and escape from New York.
MAINEiac4434 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a little-known alternate history book, Brendan DuBois throws you back to 1972, ten years after the Cuban Missile Crisis turns into a full blown war between the United States and Soviet Union. Washington, Omaha, San Diego, Miami and New York have all been struck by Soviet nukes, while Russia is a radioactive pile of ash. Millions died in Asia as a result of radiation poisoning. The British and Canadians have been helping out there American friends...or so the US thought.In a surprisingly plausible novel, DuBois tells us what could've been had President Kennedy launched ICBMs Russia's way. I really enjoyed this book. It's fantastic, and I think it's underrated.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read for all boomers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont waste your money. I cant believe this was even recomended or even in the same category as "patriots & Survivors" was. Dont waste your money on this. The begining of the book is incoherant rambling not easy to follow and just plain dull. I made it to page 20 and closed it then started reading another book I got that has to do with the post Apacolyptic world im fastinated with and like to read about
Susan_Sherlock More than 1 year ago
This is a first rate thriller of alternate history. The reader realizes that real life characters are woven into the fiction making it plausable. I want to give it a five because it was SO memorable a read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's incredible to think that this book was written by the same person. 'Ressurection Day' which begins in Boston some years after the Cuban Crisis sparked WWIII, and following America's hollow victory in the war's aftermath, opens with a flourish of details so vivid and natural, that it's okay to overlook the incredibly fake British dialog and the way the book clearly rips-off the far superior 'Fatherland'. In that book, the alternate history involves a Nazi regime that emerged from WWII Uber Alles. Both books involve seemingly meaningless murders of unknown, obscure men that, when investigated, threaten to unravel the fragile understanding of the story's alternative history. By now, it's the 1970s, and America's WWIII triumph means that the nation is a bombed out, nuked and slowly disintegrating version of itself, with whole chunks of the country verging from lawlessness to uninhabitability. A strong military presence barely holds the country together, but much of the credit goes to General Ramsey, a thinly veiled stand-in for 60's SAC Chief Curtis LeMay. For most Americans, life is a series of utter deprivation, periodic form letters regarding missing relatives, censored news, and a preserved hate for the Kennedy's and their circle who are widely given responsibility for the war. (If the Kennedy years were supposed to Camelot, the Americans who populate 'Ressurection Day' would substitute a mix of Nazi Berlin, Troy and the Land of Mordor from Tolkein). Believed dead, the President is held in utter contempt, as is his young circle who are in different measures dead or in prison. Millions of Americans receive periodic form letters indicating that their relatives remain missing. Though technically a superpower, America is also impoverished, dependent on the good will of other nations. Though profiting from America's scars, even the most cynical foreigners pine for the America of old, the shining light pf democracy. The detective in this case isn't a policeman, but a Vietnam vet (we still lost Vietnam) named Carl Landry. Out of the service - service including military suppression in California in the war's aftermath - Landry writes sanitized news in Boston. When a homeless man offers Landry the story of a lifetime, Landry's interest isn't exactly picqued. The mysterious death of the informer is a bigger lure. When a cursory review of the victim reveals that he was part of JFK's honor guard, the hunt is on for some lost secret left behind by the President - something that will galvanize the nation to pick itself out of its fallout shelter the same way the youthful president had set the nation towards racial integration and scientific advancement. This is where the story turns into a sort of cross between political thriller and mystery. His newspaper writing skills should be enough to have cultivated in Landry the workings of a true detective. Unfortunately, those skills seemed to have been honed by regular readings of supermarket tabs, and Landry becomes a captive audience for every crazy conspiracy theorist left alive. There are hints midway through that the author will rehab the pitiful Kennedys - not so much because he begins guilding them, but because the military establishment gets the strong-arm treatment early on, and author Dubois shows no interest in changing that direction. Landry, however, seems to quickly lose the capacity for doubt, and only swallows more conspiracy. Unfortunately, suspended belief becomes infectious, and the British charachters, who are the weakest in this story, are given a starring role. There are hints that something will happen, that events are in the offing, but no clues - there's no reason for the reader to even guess as to the results, so why bother. To stretch plausibility even further, Carl falls in love with a visiting Brit who is not only clueless as to the state of American affairs, but needs Carl's to explain the history of WWIII. With the war so recent, Landry
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting 'what if' novel dealing with the cuban missel crisis, what if things had turned out differently and the soviet union and the u.s. went to war. At least that is the premise of the novel, it's setting. What the story really is is part love story, part espionage story. Dubois keeps the story moving with various turns in the plot and some interesting background story as to what it is like in this alternate world. He creates likeable, believable characters. It's good for some light reading.